AAmazon Wins Big in Women's Sunday for Title and $2,362.08

Sunday Special corner logo.jpgWomen often go above and beyond expectations. Set the bar, and we'll not only surpass it but ask that it be raised. The Women's Sunday tournament is the perfect example. The first of the weekly $55 buy-in tournaments was set on March 27 with a $5K guarantee, and turnout for that inaugural event more than doubled the guarantee. Second week? Same thing. Make it a third week in a row that women came out in force for the tournament, and that may prompt the powers-that-be to raise the guarantee in future weeks. Let's hope they're watching!

Speaking of things to watch, we have a new Facebook page. As we build our base there, remember to "like" it and check back on April 16 for a freeroll opportunity. There will be 10 seats to the next Women's Sunday up for grabs in a 14:30 ET freeroll next Saturday, and the password for the tournament will be given on that FB page about 20 minutes before the start time.

On to this week's action! The numbers were the best yet:

Total players: 231
Prize pool: $11,550.00
Paid finishers: 36

The third Women's Sunday tournament again had its fun feature: the $50 bounties. Any member of Team PokerStars carried a $50 bounty, and the other players knew it. Netherlands Team Pro Fatima Moreira de Melo promised to be in the field and she was, but not for long, as she couldn't seem to gain much momentum. Early in the tournament, she put her K-Q at risk against pocket jacks, and she lost the race to omgfish1, who took $50 for eliminating Fatima.

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Friend of PokerStars Charlotte van Brabander also joined the action today, but she went out in 90th place when her pocket tens were up against an A-K that found a four-flush on the board. Mcallegaro won the bounty for knocking "Sjlot" out of today's event. Nearly two hours into the event, Team Online's Mer "PeachyMer" Brit exited in 50th place, and talonchick saw an extra $50 in her account for eliminating the bounty player.

Still in action was Team Pro Liv Boeree, who made an appearance at the final table last week and looked to do the same again. She was in the top ten of 43 remaining at the two-hour break,

The money bubble burst about 2 hour and 20 minutes into the tournament, and it was knucklehead44 who had the unfortunate distinction of leaving in 37th place during hand-for-hand play. And on the other side of the leaderboard, talonchick had more chips than any of the remaining players. Durtcom, who won her seat in an $11 qualifier moments before the Women's Sunday began, cashed out for $98.17, which was a solid return on her investment.

Eventually, the final table bubble was on tap, and Liv Boeree ended up being ousted in a big hand when her A-9 lost to the A-Q of DiamondDixi. Boeree took home $184.40 for 11th place, and hand-for-hand play soon led to one more elimination. M.ROBI risked all of her chips with K♣T♥, and talonchick turned over A♥T♠. The board of 8♥6♥K♠5♣A♠ rivered the best pair for talonchick, and M.ROBI left in tenth place with $184.80.

Talonchick strongarms the lead as final table begins

Solidly into the third hour of play, the final table was set in Level 18 with blinds at 2,000/4,000 and a 400 ante. The starting chip counts were as follows:

Seat 1: roddeltante (58,223 in chips)
Seat 2: talonchick (124,692 in chips)
Seat 3: AAmazon (75,726 in chips)
Seat 4: Kogle380 (87,617 in chips)
Seat 5: Emilypoker (64,545 in chips)
Seat 6: Giuva2 (23,682 in chips)
Seat 7: DiamondDixi (76,509 in chips)
Seat 8: kizoku2008 (120,616 in chips)
Seat 9: IntheMoment (61,390 in chips)

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It only took a few hands for the excitement to increase. AAmazon hit a massive double-up through talonchick, and the latter then doubled on the very next hand through roddeltante.

Roddeltante then moved all-in shortly thereafter for her last 13,371 chips with K♦J♥, and Emilypoker called from the big blind with 2♦2♥. The board changed nothing when it came A♦6♣5♥3♥7♥, and roddeltante departed in ninth place with $219.45.

Guiva2 had a difficult time at the final table and finally looked down at A♠Q♣ and pushed all-in. Original raiser Kogle380 made the call with K♦T♦ but hit the T♥2♦3♥ flop for the pair and hit another on the T♣ turn for trip tens. The 7♦ on the river sent Guiva2 home in eighth place with $288.75.

DiamondDixi then doubled through AAmazon, though the latter still maintained the top spot on the leaderboard.

Talonchick began to make another climb, though, and when IntheMoment pushed all-in from the small blind, talonchick called from the big blind in the hopes of eliminating an opponent. IntheMoment was on the line with K♦9♠, but talonchick had A♠K♠. The dealer gave them 3♦6♣7♣A♣9♥ on the board, and the aces took it. IntheMoment was out in seventh place with $404.25.

Emilypoker doubled through DiamondDixi to leave the two-time final table players as the short stack. DiamondDixi shoved several times and finally found a caller. DiamondDixi held A♥7♦, and talonchick called from the big blind with A♦8♦. The board drew several "lol" comments from the players:

Flop: A♣A♠8♣
Turn: 7♠
River: 5♥

DiamondDixi could do nothing but pack her virtual bags and go, with $519.75 in her suitcase for the sixth place finish. Not bad at all, considering this was her second final table of three Women's Sunday events, the first bringing her a fourth place finish.

AAmazon aims to leave the rest behind

AAmazon then took a pot worth nearly 140K from talonchick, and the former was making it known that first place was in her sights. Kizoku2008 then doubled through talonchick.

Kogle380 doubled through Emilypoker, but still on a short stack, Kogle380 made another move soon after. Kogle380 pushed with A♥8♥, and talonchick called with 4♣2♣ for 18K more from the big blind. The board came 5♦3♣7♦2♠T♥, and the pair of deuces was good enough to eliminate Kogle380 in fifth place, which was worth $669.90.

Emilypoker doubled through AAmazon once, and she was anxious to get involved again on the next hand. The two tangled to see a 5♦9♣8♥ flop, and the battle of the blinds heated up. AAmazon bet, Emilypoker raised all-in with 7♣5♥, and AAmazon called with 9♥6♦ and top pair. The K♦ on the turn and 3♦ on the river ended it for Emilypoker, who took home $981.75 for the fourth place finish.

The following hand between kizoku2008 and talonchick set the stage for the last few rounds of the tournament:

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That left talonchick with less than 30K chips, and those went all-in soon after with A♣J♠. AAmazon called with 7♦7♣, and the race didn't last long, as the board produced 6♣T♦6♠K♣2♠. The pocket pair held up to eliminate talonchick in third place with $1,305.15.

US versus Russia in heads-up final

The final match-up was set as follows:

Seat 3: AAmazon (383,994 in chips)
Seat 8: kizoku2008 (309,006 in chips)

AAmazon won every hand except one of the seven-handed battle. And the last hand played out as a raise and call took them to the 7♣8♣J♣ flop. They both checked to the K♥ turn, and more money went into the pot to bring on the 9♦ river. AAmazon then made another bet, and kizoku2008 called all-in with K♠7♠ for the two turned pair. But AAmazon showed J♠T♣ for the jack-high straight. That left kizoku2008 of Russia out in second place with $1,732.50.

AAmazon of the United States won the Women's Sunday, and she took home $2,362.08 and the title for the victory. Congratulations!

Women's Sunday Results for 04/10/11:

1st place: AAmazon ($2,362.08)
2nd place: kizoku2008 ($1,732.50)
3rd place: talonchick ($1,305.15 + $50 bounty)
4th place: Emilypoker ($981.75)
5th place: Kogle380 ($669.90)
6th place: DiamondDixi ($519.75 + $50 bounty)
7th place: IntheMoment ($404.25)
8th place: Guiva2 ($288.75)
9th place: roddeltante ($219.45)

There are many ways to get in on the Women's Sunday action. Take a look at the home page for information on daily satellites. See you next week!

Jen Newell
@PokerStars in Women's Sunday